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Fable Network News 8

Another week and another round of Fable Network News. You know we will just keep bringing you all the good stuff. Some fantastic opportunities this week for those that are just starting their careers, as well as some commission opportunities to start making work after the lockdown. All the links to everything we found this week are below.

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Bread and Roses - Emerging Companies Award

Rough Magic - COMPASS Project (Multiple Opportunities)

Nottingham Playhouse Associate Artist Call Out

Mono Box Lift Yourself Fund

PappyShow Mentoring Programme

Experimentica Presents: Call Out to Artists

2x Socially Engaged Freelance Artists for Artist Steering Group - Private Weather Diaries

Creative Workshop Practitioners - They Eat Culture

Freelance Artist/Theatre Maker Role - Warts and All

Additional Information

Bread and Roses - Emerging Companies Award

This is an opportunity for two emerging BAME/BIPoC* led theatre companies. The theatre is offering:

  • One week of space for R&D at The Bread & Roses (or alternative venue)

  • Weekly fee for 2 to 6 creatives

  • Feedback and support from the in-house team

  • A relationship with the organisation with the possibility of a future run of your production (on a box-office split deal)

  • Access to their professional and marketing network

Below are The Bread and Roses definitions of BAME - BIPoC and Emerging

* BAME stands for Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic. BIPoC stands for Black, Indigenous & People of Colour. Both terms are used to describe persons who, by attributions and perceptions projected onto them by the white population as being ‘non-white’, experience racism and discrimination as well as structural and systemic limitations of participation and equal opportunities. Whilst we do not think the terms are adequate enough to address our societies’ real diversity, we have opted for the use of both of these most common terms on this occasion, to convey the intended outreach of this opportunity as effectively as possible.

We generally will consider emerging companies to be those in their first two years of working, made up of a majority of creatives in their first five years of working in (or returning) to the theatre industry / fringe theatre scene, with educational time not included. Newly founded companies may also apply.

The deadlines is 31st January 2021 and you can apply by filling in the application on their website

Rough Magic - COMPASS Project

The Rough Magic COMPASS project offers multiple opportunities for development. These are primarily opportunities for artists based in Ireland. The company is located in Ireland, and has continued to offer incredible artist development. There are multiple strands that are open for application. Some initial details are below but do go and read the full brief on their website for any strands that you are interested in.

With any of the applications we recommend you have an understanding of Rough Magic and their work. You should also have a comprehension of the principle of ensemble and showcase that in your application. All roles will initially start remote but will be expected to attend in-person meetings in Dublin after the lockdowns.

Rough Ideas

This is for writers and theatre artists who are interested in making work with Rough Magic. Six artists will be selected to receive €1,000 each. They will attend a series of meetings with the Artistic Director and Literary Manager to discuss their ideas. After 6 months the artists will be invited to submit a treatment of their proposal.

Ideas then could be selected for commission if viable or artists will be supported to apply for funding from other sources. The ideas can be of any form, scale, or subject matter. Just be aware the company is in a better place to support text-based work.

Deadline 19th February 2021

Literary Manager

This is a part-time job opportunity to be the Literary Manager for the Compass project. Working directly with the Artistic Director you will help to support and maintain relationships with writers engaged on the Compass programme,

This is an opportunity for someone with strong writing skills and the ability to collaborate. The commitment is one day a week for a salary of €6,000 – €7,000 p/a. You can find the full job description on the company website.

To apply you need to send a CV, references and a cover letter to by Monday 15th February 2021.

3 x SEEDS Apprenticeships

This is an opportunity for emerging/early-career artists from the following disciplines:

  • Directing

  • Costume Design

  • Lighting Design

  • AV Design

  • Set Design

  • Sound Design

Successful candidates will be placed with the company for a 12 month engagement starting in March 2021. Participants will be given desk space, mentorship from the Rough Magic artistic team, and support on their independent projects. You will also be placed as an assistant on a Rough Magic production for which you will receive a weekly wage.

You should be able to demonstrate an understanding of theatre production and some experience of making work at a Fringe level. To apply you need to send in a cover letter, CV, references and an outline of a work-in-progress. The deadline is Friday 19th February 2021 and should be sent to

Trainee Producer

This is a 12-month part time job position for an early-career freelance theatre producer. You will help to coordinate the COMPASS activities. You will receive a desk at Rough Magic, mentorship and support in your independent projects.

You need to be able to demonstrate an interest in theatre production and some experience of producing Fringe or undergraduate work. The position pays € 6,000 for a commitment of one day a week. Please see the website for full information of the job description.

Candidates need to send in a cover letter, CV and 2 references. They should be sent to by Friday 19th February 2021 by 5pm.

Nottingham Playhouse Associate Artist Call Out

Nottingham Playhouse is seeking a East Midlands based theatre-maker to become an Associate Artist. A passion for, and knowledge of, championing diversity is vital.

This is a one year freelance contract with a fee of £3,000 The role involves a number of tasks that centre around supporting the venue and it’s Artistic Team. This includes meetings with the Artistic Director, reading scripts, supporting freelance artists and the work at Nottingham Playhouse. Please read the full job description online.

To apply you need to submit a short statement of 300 words about why the opportunity appeals to you and what you would bring, your CV and the completed equal opportunities form. You can also submit your statement in video format if you prefer. Deadline is Thursday 4th February 2021 at 10am.

Mono Box Lift Yourself Fund

This is for anyone who wants a little boost to develop their craft! The fund will support 20 creatives with 3 free workshops from Mono Box’s February and March Programme.

All you need to do to apply is fill in a short google form on the website by Sunday 31st January at 5pm.

Mono Box provides regular workshops with industry professionals in topics ranging from writing, Shakespeare, voice, movement and much more. So if you are looking to hone your skills with a few free workshops we recommend checking them out!

Pappyshow Mentoring Programme

The PappyShow is offering a free mentoring scheme for artists at the start of their career. You can be from any background and experience including directing, producing, writing, marketing and performance.

Successful applicants will be paired up with a mentor and receive 10 sessions with them, taking place every 2 weeks starting in March.

Here is the eligibility criteria from The PappyShow:

  • Be 18+

  • Have a positive attitude

  • Be motivated

  • Be able to commit to ten 45 minute sessions over 5 months

  • Have respect and honesty

  • Have a willingness to share and learn

To submit you need to complete a short form on their website and send in a short 3 minute video of yourself answering the questions that can be found on the company website. You can also request alternative ways to submit by emailing the company. The deadline is 6pm Wednesday 3rd February.

Experimentica Presents: Call Out to Artists

Cardiff-based live arts festival Experimentica are looking for artists based in the UK whose practice, prior to COVID, focused on live art or contemporary performance and who need support to explore ways of adapting their approach to making and sharing their work.

The 2021 festival, hosted at Chapter in Cardiff will be exploring narratives and alternatives to the status quo; but whilst the official call-out for artists wishing to take part will take place in March, the organisers are currently looking to commission three artists to make new work for their interim ‘Experimentica Presents’ strand. Experimentica will work with the three selected artists or groups of artists to develop a project, presentation or interim public outcome by August 2021.

If you want to work in a new way that engages with the 2021 festival’s broad theme and its wider context; or you have an existing work that you want to adapt for the COVID-present world; an idea that you would like to test out; or a performance that you have shown before but would like the chance to bring it to new audiences, we would like to hear from you.

Successful commissions will receive:

  • £1000 fee

  • Access to studio space (if required) at Chapter in Cardiff for 1 month between March and August

  • Technical advice and support from the in-house team

  • Access to a premium Zoom account to host webinars, online rehearsals and meetings at your discretion with no annoying time limit.

If you’re interested in applying, please send the following:

  • a short expression of interest to include a description of your project or project idea no longer than 350 words;

  • A CV, biography or link to your website;

  • Links to specific/relevant example(s) of your work. This can include social media;

  • A completed Equal Opportunities monitoring form (link below)

Your application and Equal Opportunities form should be emailed to: Applications can also be submitted by video or voice note (no longer than 5 minutes and accessible via a password-protected platform eg Vimeo). Visual quality, camera and editing skills will not be taken into consideration for filmed submissions.

Deadline: 23.59 on Monday 15 February 2021

2x Socially Engaged Freelance Artists for Artist Steering Group - Private Weather Diaries

The Artist Steering Group (ASG) is a group of 4 artists built to advise on the R&D phase of a socially engaged artwork: Private Weather Diaries which will explore extreme weather, enchantment and misinterpretation around the Somerset Moors and the High Arctic Circle. They are looking for 2 socially engaged artists to join the group during this R&D phase - anyone with experience in creating and developing collaborative work that raises questions about power, care and risk.

The group will meet 6 times (half days) between March and December 2021, 5 times on Zoom and once in person at an agreed convenient location for all (travel expenses provided)

The focus of the meetings will be both supporting this new project AND providing peer to peer support for ASG artists.

Fee: £750 (6x £125 per half day)

Ideally looking for artists with 3+ years of experience making socially engaged work

To Apply - Email with "Application for ASG" in the title, and please include:

  1. Your website link, OR an online example of your artwork

  2. 200 words OR 2 min film OR 2 min audio; on an artwork by someone else, which you wished you’d made

Deadline: 8th February at Midday

Interviews: 15th February (informal 15 minute online chat)

Creative Workshop Practitioners - They Eat Culture

They Eat Culture are a creative directive based in Preston and Lancashire who are also looking for socially engaged practitioners to develop a series of creative workshops.

As such they are seeking Expressions of Interest from artists, designers, makers, techies, creative practitioners from all over with experience of socially-engaged practice, arts, health, and wellbeing, accessible arts activity to develop workshops and postal activity kits.

The Process:

  • Send a brief EOI email to with info about yourself and a Link to portfolio site or PDF with examples of socially-engaged, activity-based work.

  • Include information about your creative practise and how it’s socially engaging.

  • To fulfill their ACE funding, they are particularly looking for practitioners who can show how they can contribute to Creative Case for Diversity.

  • You should also prove you have at least 5 years experience working with community projects and social engagement pieces. Other opportunities will be available for new and emerging practitioners.

  • Deadline for EOIs is January 31st

  • Responses sent out February 2nd.

  • 6-10 practitioners will be selected and paid a £100 half-day R&D fee to deliver a developed workshop/activity proposal. They will be supported with an extended brief and further meetings with They Eat Culture. Taking place February 4th/5th.

  • 2-4 practitioners will be asked to take their proposal forward to full delivery of activity plan & resources, at a £500 fee. We will support the production of the activity boxes / filmed workshops.

Anyone who sends in an EOI will be added to their database and informed of future opportunities.

Freelance Artist/Theatre Maker Role - Warts and All

Wart and All are making a Festival with Made With Many to take place in Wellingborough in July 2021. The festival itself is taken to different communities on a bus! The project is entirely led by a Young Producers team and they are looking to commission an artist/theatre maker who can develop, create and realise a theatrical experience to be delivered on the bus!

The bus will travel to 4 different communities in the area where the project will be performed. Meaning that you need to be creating work which will have 4 performance days.

To apply you need to submit a proposal. Which can be a video that is no more that 5 minutes in length or written in 3 pages. You also need to include a budget breakdown of how you would achieve the project with £6000. This £6000 includes artists fees. You also need to submit your CV and have 2 references.

The theme for the festival is PLAY and whatever you pitch needs to be able to “emerge” from the bus and be COVID safe for the festival. Check out the full brief to find inspirations and ideas that the company has already put together to help shape your application.

The deadline for submissions is 5pm Tuesday 2nd February and should be sent to

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